Meet your Chicagoland Stormwater Storage Requirements with a rain garden!

Come See the Rain Garden Pioneers of Chicagoland This Week!

This upcoming week of August the 19th offers two exceptional events that highlight the programs and people who are the driving forces behind the sustainable stormwater movement in the Chicagoland area.

In the City

The Center For Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is kicking off their “Sustainable Backyards Ambassadors Program” tomorrow, August 20th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at 2125 W. North Ave in Chicago.

The CNT is working to involve community members directly by increasing their knowledge and use of green infrastructure like rain gardens to manage stormwater effectively.

The event tomorrow will have:

“Experts on the topics of urban flooding, green infrastructure, rain garden installation, urban forestry, and composting will give in-depth presentations on their technical area of expertise, including detailed instructions on installing rain gardens, planting trees, and composting science. You will leave with a resource book and a more thorough understanding of the Sustainable Backyards program itself. After the training, you will have the knowledge to educate your community on why and how to bolster its use of green infrastructure.”

CNT Blog

I will be speaking there on rain gardens (I couldn’t miss an opportunity to self-promote here), and there is still room available for those interested!  Send your request to attend to:

Chicago residents can purchase rain barrels, native plants, trees, and compost bins with rebates up to 50% on these products through the CNT. You can find more information on this at where they also have lots of other great resources and events listed as well.

In the Suburbs

The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP) is hosting a tour of the “Elgin Parkway Rain Garden Project” this Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from Noon – 1:30PM.

The tour will meet meet at the Fox River Water Reclamation District Office, 1957 LaFox/Rt. 31, Elgin.

This event will allow you to walk and see rain gardens being put in on a large scale in an effort to mitigate the overloading of the stormwater system during large rain events.

“Attendees will tour several of the City of Elgin’s parkway rain gardens installed in 2012 throughout the Lord Street neighborhood on the southwest side of the City. This project was funded through the IEPA Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) program and City of Elgin and is intended to intercept and infiltrate stormwater runoff before it enters the City’s combined sewer system.”

FREP Website

You can find out more about this and other FREP events at their website here.

See you there?

Please consider attending one or both of these events as they are each a fantastic opportunity to see and be a part of the bleeding edge of sustainable stormwater solutions in Chicago. I hope to see you there!

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